Rainbows Over the World Meeting of Families

This evening in Dublin, in the sky above the venue of the Vatican’s World Meeting of Families, two separate rainbows appeared about an hour apart from each other.  In both photos (below), the right end of the rainbows ends at the grey stone building which is the main entrance of the Royal Dublin Society, the conference center where all of the sessions are being held.

Could these rainbows be a sign that God wanted LGBT people to be included in this gathering of Catholic families?

Perhaps they were meant as a blessing because today Fr. James Martin, SJ, gave a powerful presentation on LGBT parish ministry which was received with a standing ovation by over 1,000 attendees.  (Bondings 2.o will carry a full report on this presentation in August 24th’s blog post.)

Or maybe it was a sign of approval because an LGBT choir sang outside the World Meeting of Families venue today, offering the message of “Hear Our Voices.”  (Bondings 2.0 will carry a report and photos from this event on the weekend.)

Whatever the particular message, let’s remember that Scripture tells us that the rainbow is a sign of God’s covenant of love with all people.



Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry, August 23, 2018

7 replies
  1. Kris
    Kris says:


    God has spoken.

    But will they listen?

    God knows that those prelates are deaf on LGBT justice, so out of consideration for their disability, he’s using sign language.

    Oh, the irony of a rainbow or two? God really does have a sense of humour.

    Thank you, God.

  2. Friends
    Friends says:

    The odds of this suddenly-appearing rainbow being nothing but a totally random and utterly meaningless coincidence are perhaps 20%. Clearly, the Lord knows His own, and cherishes and uplifts and protects His own. It also reminds me of that classic micro-poem:

    “God gave Noah
    The Rainbow Sign:
    ‘No more water…
    The Fire Next Time!’

    If FIRE is what it takes to purify the behavior of the clergy whose reckless and immoral actions have plunged our global Church into an acute crisis, all I can say is: “BRING IT ON!”.


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